All CRAs are mandated by the requirements of the FCRA. Frequently, CRAs fail this mandate when inaccurate information appears on consumer credit reports. Often consumers do not find out about this until they are denied some type of credit. Credit reporting agencies are required under the law to offer a process for consumers to get inaccuracies on their credit report corrected. The process is often flawed and may not lead to the promised corrections.
Pine Street Legal guides and assists consumers at every stage of a credit reporting problem. Once a consumer learns about a credit report inaccuracy, Pine Street Legal advises the consumer on what needs to be done in the credit report dispute process, a largely self-help step that must be done correctly to insure that the CRA is properly on notice of the inaccuracy. Pine Street Legal also helps identify the type of inaccuracy that is on the credit report such as a mixed or merged credit file, mistaken identity, public record error, inaccurate collection amount, identity theft, inaccurate employment history, inaccurate personal information, to name a few, all of which are critical to identify early in the dispute process. If the dispute process does not resolve the credit reporting inaccuracy, the Fair Credit Reporting Act provides for consumers to seek money damages through litigation. Pine Street Legal will litigate your claim to right this wrong by seeking justice for you and money damages.
Even if you do owe the money, the Act bans debt collectors from subjecting consumers to abuse and harassment. All too often consumers are victimized in violation of the Act anyway.
Pine Street Legal represents consumers who are the subject of debt collection abuse and harassment. If this happens to you, the firm will assist you in stopping the often daily parade of endless telephone calls to your home, place of employment, to family and neighbors. When your rights under The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act are violated, Pine Street Legal will represent you by filing a lawsuit against debt collectors for money damages.
The consequences of identity theft are multifaceted and occurs from someone stealing and then linking personal credentials like your name and social security number together to make purchases, take money from bank accounts, secure loans, mortgages, debit and credit cards or to gain access to, some thing or place that will leave the victim financially responsible without advance knowledge, choice or benefit.
Most often, use of a different address for billing or receipt of merchandise, money and other benefits keep the victim in the dark while the identity thief is on a free ride ignoring all financial responsibility from the debt linked to the stolen identity. This could, and does, continue indefinitely until some triggering event such as items appearing on credit card statements or a mortgage or home equity loan rejection alerts the victim that something is very, very wrong.
Aside from the financial hardships caused by identity theft, an end result of having someone steal your identity and then use it to your detriment, is that your credit report and credit score can be ruined, resulting in being denied credit or being offered less favorable credit terms, like a high interest rate, for no reason apparent to the victim. Identity theft causes a long and frustrating road of problems to its victims.
Pine Street Legal has experience in helping victims of identity theft and also in assisting clients with taking measures to avoid identity theft before it happens. The firm works with clients to educate them on the necessary precautions to take in their everyday lives to become aware of the steps all of us need to take to protect ourselves from this crime. Pine Street Legal works diligently with clients fallen prey to these criminals through each step in helping them restore their good names and creditworthiness.
Pine Street Legal has years of experience in representing individuals who are at risk of losing their home. The Firm has represented homeowners at every stage of the proceedings including mortgage foreclosure mediation programs, sheriff sales and ejectment proceedings. Pine Street Legal works with homeowners to determine the best and most realistic outcome for them whether it be assisting in applying for a modification of the monthly mortgage payment, giving back the house to the lender through a deed in lieu of foreclosure or negotiating an agreement with the lender for the house to be sold before a foreclosure through a short sale if the value of the house is less than the amount owed on the mortgage.
Pine Street Legal will steadfastly and rigorously advocate for your rights in Court throughout the legal proceedings and will provide you with the ongoing legal counsel, advice and support needed in defending a foreclosure.
Once a credit card account goes into default, the creditor may sell the account in a large bundle of other defaulted accounts to a third party, often a junk debt buyer, paying pennies on the dollar. Adequate proof of the sale and the account bought in this way is often lacking. Frequently, when the new owner is unable to collect payment due on the account, a lawsuit is filed by a plaintiff you do not know. At trial, that plaintiff will have to prove you not only owe the money but most importantly, that you owe the money to that plaintiff. You will need an attorney to determine if the plaintiff has the necessary proof or not, an area of law Pine Street Legal has years of experience in successfully representing individuals.